Community Center Of St Bernard

Rating: 4.47 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Disaster Aid, Human Services

Location: 1111 LeBeau St Arabi LA 70032 USA

Mission: The Community Center of St Bernard is dedicated to empowering survivors of hurricane Katrina and Isaac and the Gulf Oil Spill who are working to rebuild their lives and their communities by facilitating their access to the essential recovery resources they need. In order to effectively fulfill this mission the Center goes beyond merely offering its own programming by actively coordinating a multi-agency collaborative of organizations from across the greater New Orleans area which are invited to provide services at its facility, thereby creating a "one-stop shop" recovery resource center.
Results: Current Projects: • Mustard Seed Distribution Program: This program addresses emergency needs by supplying free food, household supplies, hygiene products, and clothes to low-income residents. During 2011, the Mustard Seed Food Pantry provided 263,634 lbs of food to 1,583 low income families (4,351 individuals), including over 1,100 children ages 17 & under. And more than 200 families received free clothes at the Mustard Seed Clothing Bank every week. • Media Lab: The Media Lab offers free internet access and computer classes for individuals and businesses, along with faxing and copying services to enable residents to seek employment, keep in contact with family members, and find applicable federal, state and local aid programs. The media lab has 8 internet-connected computers with free printing. During 2011, a total of 3,889 sessions were logged on the media lab computers, and 156 residents signed up for free basic computer classes. • Referrals: During 2011, the Community Center passed out 9,816 informational flyers, forms and brochures to help clients find the help they needed. Office staff also made 4,778 referrals to aid programs such as housing, utility bill assistance, child care, and dental services. • Community Building Events: During 2011, the Community Center of St Bernard was the site for more than 120 social events including holiday celebrations, workshops, seminars, bingo nights, and kids arts & crafts sessions. The Center provided Thanksgiving baskets and canned goods to low-income families so that more than 1,024 local residents could enjoy a festive holiday meal at home with family and friends. And more than 1,200 toys were given out to 421 low-income children at the annual Holiday Celebration and Toy GiveAway. During 2012, the Center has continued popular activities like our weekly Bingo games and NA meetings, as well as offering a Bike Safety Workshop, a St Patrick's Day Dance, a Volunteer Appreciation Awards Ceremony and Dance, and a Memorial Day Community Outreach Fair. And we held the first annual Blues in da Parish Festival on October 20, 2012.
Target demographics: Disaster surivors in St Bernard Parish, Louisiana, who are still struggling to rebuild after hurricanes Katrina and Isaac and the Gulf Oil Spill devastated their lives and their homes.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,000
Geographic areas served: Greater New Orleans
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I give them 4 stars only because 5 would be perfect, and who's perfect? I spent a volunteer week with them, doing whatever odd jobs they needed - very non-glamorous work, but they were very thankful and appreciative. There is a small permanent staff doing the non-glamorous every day. The area east of New Orleans was devastated, and there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of area families and individuals who still need what CC of St B provides: goods, services, counseling. I plan to get back next chance I can, but there are other ways to help. Check their website for ideas of painless ways to help/donate etc.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, no-nonsense, focused.

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One time

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2009-10-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I think the community center is doing a whole lot for people in st. bernard parish. Volunteering at the center was a different experience then other places because I came into close contact with a lot of individuals affected by the storm. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to volunteer there, and I hope to return again.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the food pantry, the clothing distro, the food stamps office, and general referrals

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

If the food pantry was a little less stressful. Also I know that general cleaning is important and necessary, it wasn't the type of job I had imagined I would be doing.

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2009-8-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

HI IM 13 AND I LOVE TO HELP PEOPLE IN MY COMMUNITY.IM A VERY POSITIVE PERSON AND DOING THIS MAKES ME SMILE EVRYDAY.ITS A VERY HAPPY HELPING ENVIRONMENT AND I LOVE BEING AROUND IT.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping people.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

a less stress food pantry.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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